Claire’s Story: Claire is pining for Larry. Part 32.

By K. Hecht , A. Hosack & P. Berman Wouldn’t Davy be better off with a dad? Maybe Larry could learn more patient in jail, and then they could be a happy family when he got out? Claire was sending letters to Larry in secret. She would post the letters on her way to school. She understood what the Carsons and Ms. Alexandra were saying about Larry being dangerous. She was as determined as ever that Davy never be hurt by Larry again. She had read an article Ms. Alexandra gave her and...

California gets its first ever surgeon general (ktvu.com)

California's first-ever Surgeon General has launched a listening tour that will take her around the state to hear about people's hopes for the new position and the state's new commitment to improving Californians' health. Dr. Nadine Burke Harris is a pediatrician with degrees from U.C. Berkeley, U.C. Davis Medical School, and Harvard University. She says, as the daughter of a biochemist and a nurse, she knew what her dream job was at an early age. "My immediate priorities as Surgeon General...

State surgeon general’s prescription for a healthy Sacramento: Alleviating childhood trauma [sacbee.com]

California’s new surgeon general made Sacramento the first stop on her statewide listening tour, and after Tuesday’s event, Dr. Nadine Burke Harris told The Bee that capital residents are powerfully grappling with the long-term impact childhood trauma has on their families and neighborhoods. Burke Harris said many of the 100 Sacramento-area residents she met with asked her to find ways to bring training, resources and support to families, educators, nonprofits and other community-based...

Behind Bars, Co-Pays Are a Barrier to Basic Health Care [truthout.org]

When Taylor Lytle began fainting every morning when she stood up, she had to make a decision: Should she seek medical care or should she save her hard-earned wages to buy soap, shampoo, deodorant and feminine hygiene products? People across the United States struggle with similar concerns. But Lytle shouldn’t have had to make that decision. That’s because in a country without universal or even a nationalized health care system , one group of people has a constitutionally guaranteed right to...

How Tribes Are Harnessing Cutting-Edge Data to Plan for Climate Change [yesmagazine.org]

The village of Taholah on the Quinault Indian Nation is just a stone’s throw from a pebbled stretch of beach pocked with the tiny holes of razor clams. The town is wedged between Washington state’s rocky Pacific coastline and a hillside of towering cedar and Douglas fir evergreens. It’s been the home of the Quinault peoples for 12,000 years. And for the last 50-odd years, the home of tribal member Larry Ralston. Back in 2008, when Ralston first learned climate change would cause sea levels...

Native justice: How tribal values shape Judge Abby’s court [csmonitor.com]

The mouth of the Klamath River – the spiritual heart of Yurok country – can be hard to find. Surrounded by mountains, cloaked in coastal redwoods, and emptying into the Pacific Ocean, the river is often obscured in fog. Only the salmon and the Roosevelt elk seem to have no trouble finding the Klamath. Winter is the rainy season, but this morning is different. An early February storm has fought through the salty air and blanketed the famous towering conifers and steep, winding roads with a...

Op-Ed: How The War On Drugs Has Torn Families Of Color Apart [witnessla.com]

I t would be hard to dispute that the War on Drugs, instigated by President Nixon in 1971, has deliberately targeted lower-income communities and communities of color. Nixon’s own counsel and domestic affairs advisor, John Ehrlichman, confessed in 1994 that the War on Drugs was designed as an assault on “the antiwar left and black people.” Ever since, we have been able to see the crippling impact of this sinister and deceptive strategy on these communities. We can see it simply by visiting...

California schools find success building student confidence and campus culture [edsource.org]

When Christopher Gonzalez first entered John Marshall High School in Los Angeles, he noticed that students generally kept to themselves and their own cliques. “It was like a line you didn’t cross,” said Gonzalez, now a senior. The climate began to change more than a year ago: More greetings are exchanged in hallways. Virtually no one sits alone at lunchtime. Students from various cross sections of the school — gamers, artists, dancers, jocks and others — gather together in a small grassy...

Making Reparations Work in America [wnycstudios.org]

Asking Democratic presidential candidates about reparations for slavery seems to have become standard, ahead of 2020. And it has left many candidates scrambling to respond. But the debate around whether or not -- and how -- to fund reparations for black Americans goes far beyond being a political talking point. For Maxine Crump , a descendant of enslaved people, the goal is clear: Crump is a descendant of slaves sold by Georgetown University in 1838, and President and CEO of Dialogue on Race...

Upcoming ACEs webinar hosted by National Pediatric Practice Community(NPPC) team - CME/MOC credits available!

Healthy Spaces Webinar Series (Two 1-Hour Webinars) Communicating About ACEs with Patients and Families presented by: Leena Singh, DrPH, MPH - Director of the NPPC Karissa Luckett, RN, MSW - NPPC Pilot Site Coach April 17, 2019 9:00-10:00 AM (PT) 12:00-1:00 PM (ET) Learner Outcome: The learner will be able to identify two evidence based tools and/or strategies to utilize in the pediatric healthcare setting to improve child care when addressing health concerned among children &...

Childhood PTSD and ANGER: Is It Ever a GOOD Thing

Anger is natural when we visit past experiences of abuse and neglect during childhood! We are encouraged in some modes of healing to "feel our feelings" and vent the anger. And it's true, anger is a step up from self-hatred and depression. But when we amp up the anger, is it genuinely relieving our emotional wounds or is it making them worse? In this video I talk about the role of anger in recovery -- when it's healthy, and when it can become traumatizing (and hurtful to others) in its own...

LGBTQ + Youth - a book reviewed in Journal of GLBT Family Studies

LGBTQ youth are most vulnerable to the school to prison pipeline, which is a very severe ACE (Snapp et al, 2015.) To combat this problem, I wrote a clinical manual for educators and mental health clinicians. The book addresses the need for sensitive engagement with, and advocacy of, LGBTQ+ youth. LGBTQ+ Youth: A Guided Workbook to Support Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity was released in June 2018, endorsed by Jenny Finney Boylan, and #1 NEW RELEASE on Amazon in Teen and Young Adult...

The keeper of the secret [washingtonpost.com]

WYTHEVILLE, Va. — It was cold and snowing, but John Johnson had an appointment to keep. He wasn’t going to let the weather stop him, or the worsening cough he’d been ignoring the past week. He put on his black fedora and drove across town to see a friend. “John, come on in,” she said, and after they settled at her dining room table, she handed him a piece of paper with the names of 12 people, all of them long dead. He squinted at them through his glasses. It had been three weeks since...

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